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Pair to go to Bowie

Orioles outfielder Lou Montanez will report to Double-A Bowie and is expected to play in Wednesday night’s game, with reliever Jim Johnson joining him on Thursday.

Montanez played in four Gulf Coast League games, going 3-for-15 (.200) with an RBI and has been on the 15-day disabled list since June 26 with a left oblique strain suffering during pregame batting practice.

Johnson appeared in four GCL games, pitching four innings and allowing three earned runs on five hits -including a homer – with a walk and a five strikeouts. All three of those runs came in one outing, giving him a 6.75 ERA over that stretch.

Johnson (right elbow inflammation) has been on the 60-day DL since May 28.

Is Lou Montanez a Major Leaguer?

If you read yesterday’s story about Lou Montanez going on the 15-day disabled list, you
know that Montanez called this season the worst year of his career.

So it got reporters thinking about his career and whether Montanez is actually a legitimate Major League player.

“I’ve got no doubt in my mind that Louie could play in the Major Leagues,” interim manager Juan Samuel said.  “He’s a guy that has a lot of confidence, you need that. And he knows he is good because he tells you he is good. We have seen him, what he could do. I think Lou is a good outfielder. I think Lou can run. I think he is a good hitter.”

Even though Montanez was only batting .140 ?

“It is kind of hard when you sit on the bench for two and three weeks to go out there an face major league hitters,” Samuel said. “We know that. Lou thinks of himself as an everyday player. Lou is not a role player.”

“Those guys are (usually) veteran players that know the situation that they are going to be in. It’s hard for a young guy to sit three or four weeks and all of a sudden turn it on. Those guys need to play.”

Montanez will be out at least two weeks, and said the first week will be about resting and the second will be getting his legs. He’s never had an oblique problem before and didn’t anticipate it being a lingering injury.

Orioles/Nats game 1 lineups and tidbits

By now you know, the Garrett Atkins Era is still in full swing in Baltimore. Although, he told me a change would be a “welcome opportunity.” I saw Atkins talking to Pat Burrell when the team was in San Francisco, and he admitted that being released isn’t always a bad thing. Pat the Bat has found his stroke away from the AL East. What cruel irony that would be for Orioles fans if Atkins were to hit elsewhere.

Instead of Atkins, Lou Montanez will hit the DL, in a move expected to come down postgame.

*As was reported earlier in the week, Michael Gonzalez will go on a rehab assignment this upcoming week. He came through from today’s game with no reported problems and is on track to possibly join the team on July 2’s roadtrip.

*Felix Pie should be on that trip as well, if there are no setbacks. He played in Frederick yesterday and went 2-for-5 and is expected to get some more time tonight.

*Koji Uehara is coming back, either Sunday or Tuesday.

Corey Patterson LF
Miguel Tejada 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Luke Scott DH
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Garrett Atkins 1B
Julio Lugo 2B
Cesar Izturis SS
Jake Arrieta RHP

Nyjer Morgan CF
Cristian Guzman 2B
Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Adam Dunn 1B
Josh Willingham DH
Ivan Rodriguez C
Mike Morse RF
Brendan Harris LF
Ian Desmond SS
J.D. Martin RHP

Atkins safe, Montanez to DL

Update: Interim manager Juan Samuel confirmed Lou Montanez did something to his oblique the other day and will likely go on the DL post game to clear a spot for Bergesen.

Garrett Atkins is in the Orioles lineup tonight and it’s looking increasingly like he will survive through the weekend. With the Orioles set to make two roster moves ,the team could opt to option a reliever like Frank Mata and put Lou Montanez on the disabled list. According to a team source, Montanez suffered a minor injury during some recent batting practice.

Patterson joins Os

It’s not official yet, but speedy outfielder Corey Patterson was informed last night of his call up from Norfolk and is expected to join the Orioles today. This isn’t big news — it’s been speculated for a few days now — but I got it confirmed early this morning. No word on when he will be activated and added to the O’s roster.

I’d expect this would cost Lou Montanez his spot. Nolan Reimold is also a (less likely) candidate to be optioned to Triple-A.

Os/Twins finale and tidbits

The Orioles will look to take three of four games this afternoon in the series finale against the Twins.

*The big pregame news was that of Jim Johnson, who was placed on the disabled list in Norfolk late last night and has been diagnosed with a strained ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He will see Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion sometime this week, but the hope is he will be able to avoid surgery.
*With the Orioles slumping bats and outfielder Corey Patterson tearing up Triple-A, manager Dave Trembley hinted that there could be further roster movement for Tuesday’s homestand. Could Lou Montanez’s days be numbered? We’ll see.
*Lastly it’s Mother’s Day, so call your mom, hug your wife. Spread the love. The Orioles, like every Major League Baseball team, will hit with pink bats today to help raise breast cancer awareness. Slumping Nolan Reimold joked if he gets a hit he’s going to hit with the pink bat again Tuesday. I’ll have a full story on MLB’s efforts up post game. 

Cesar Izturis SS
Ty Wigginton 2B
Nick Markakis RF
Miguel Tejada 3B
Matt Wieters C
Luke Scott DH
Adam Jones CF
Garrett Atkins 1B
Nolan Reimold LF

Brian Matusz LHP

Denard Span CF
Nick Punto 3B
Joe Mauer DH
Justin Morneau 1B
Michael Cuddyer RF
Delmon Young LF
Wilson Ramos C
Brendan Harris SS
Alexi Casilla 2B

Nick Blackburn RHP

Pie's replacements

If Felix Pie does warrant a DL trip (and I’m not saying he
does, but he might) the Orioles will likely recall Lou Montanez. Montanez
nearly made the team this spring when Nolan Reimold’s status was uncertain and
will allow manager Dave Trembley another option in the outfield. Since Reimold’s
still not 100 percent the team doesn’t want to run him out there every day.

Of course the best case scenario simply would be to avoid
putting Pie on the DL. But Trembley made it clear last night that the team is
committed to getting Pie’s left shoulder back in order. It’s a problem that
keeps creeping up and sidelining him for a few days at a time. So, the best
long-term solution probably would be to give Pie a chance to let his shoulder
fully heal.

Montanez to Triple-A

The Orioles announced prior
to Wednesday’s game that they have optioned outfielder Lou Montanez to Triple-A Norfolk. The move
leaves the Orioles with 32 players left in camp, although three of those
players -Scott Moore, Alfredo Simon, Ross Wolf — were part of the eight that
were sent down
yesterday. They’re here to provide depth.

Montantez hit .319 with
eight RBIs in 20 spring games.

More pregame tidbits


We’re about 30 minutes away from first pitch at George M. Steinbrenner Field, and it’s one of the nicest days of Spring Training so far. The Yankees also have a split-squad game, with Detroit, so a lot of the regulars aren’t here. The Orioles, on the other hand, have a good group of regulars, including starter Jeremy Guthrie.

Manager Dave Trembley said pregame that Guthrie is scheduled to go four innings in his third spring start. If he does, he will be the first Os arm this spring to make it out of the third inning.

The Phillies pitchers for Sunday’s game in Sarasota are as follows: RHP
Kyle Kendrick, RHP Andrew Carpenter, LHP Sergio Escalona. Brian Matusz will
start that game with the rest of the arms in yesterday’s rainout blog. Yesterday’s blog post also has more info on the “B” squad game being played at Pirate City.

 The Orioles might play an intrasquad game on Tuesday in Sarasota in an effort to get some more arms to throw. The team’s regularly scheduled contest is against the Twins in Fort Myers.

With Brian Roberts still sidelined , Ty Wiggington got a start at second base on Saturday afternoon. Trembley said there will be a bunch of mixing and matching to come among some of the position players, and to not read to into it.  Robert Andino would have played at third base some if yesterday’s game hadn’t been rained out and Trembley said he was also looking to get Andino some outfield work. Luke Scott’s been bounced around from left field to first base and Lou Montanez is in left field for today’s game.

“It’s the time in camp to start moving guys around,” Trembley said.